3 posts tagged "Richard Haines"
Today marks the relaunch of accessory designer Justin von der Fehr’s Web site. And to celebrate his new platform—and his latest collection—von der Fehr tapped illustrator Richard Haines to create a series of unique drawings. “I wanted to create an interesting story incorporating JvdF and just thought—Richard,” von der Fehr said of the illustrations, which highlight some of his key pieces for the launch, including a simple suede wrap bracelet, a hand-etched solid 14-karat gold lighter case, and a solid 14-karat gold toggle pill case. Known for his unique approach to what he calls “necessary luxuries,” von der Fehr makes all of his objects right here in New York City—which is another reason he partnered with Haines. “Richard is the quintessential New Yorker,” said von der Fehr, adding that he admired the artist for his ability to stay true to himself throughout his career in fashion and, now, illustration.
For his part, Haines relished the opportunity to draw from a model. “For me, a drawing is all about a good, pure line, capturing a moment or gesture, and a loose way of applying color,” Haines explained. Their compatibility in design informs the collection, which is meant to convey originality and the spirit of the Big Apple. “I’d like to think all those elements are working in the series,” said Haines. Side by side, the drawings and accessories achieve a striking contrast of luxe detail and simplicity.
Richard Haines is somewhat of a fashion-week anomaly—he’s a 61-year-old illustrator with a blog. In a past life, he was a womenswear designer for some of America’s biggest brands, such as Calvin Klein, Bill Blass, Perry Ellis, and Puff Daddy, but he threw all that in to focus on art in the digital age. He quickly gained traction, getting hired by everyone from J.Crew to The New York Times for his ability to make guys look far cooler on paper than they do in real life (you can only imagine what he does for models at runway shows). And recently, he received the ultimate validation: a gig illustrating Prada’s menswear collections, the fruits of which were released in book and T-shirt form. Haines gave us a sneak peek at his Spring ’14 illustrations from Prada (below, left), Jil Sander (below, right), and Andrea Incontri (bottom), which debut exclusively here. And below, the talent talks about flying on private jets with Calvin Klein, life as a blogger, and that one time three days ago when Beppe Modenese mistook him for Bill Cunningham.
When did you first come to the shows and what’s changed since then?
Eighteen thirty-four [laughs]. I went to Paris fashion week in the early eighties, when I was designing, and a friend of mine, who was the editor of New York magazine, would take me to shows like Claude Montana and Thierry Mugler. It was this amazing moment in Paris. Back then I saw womenswear, now I see menswear, so the scale of the audience is different. The biggest thing [then] was this trend of sending out, like, eight models in the same outfit all at once. It was very dramatic, and that doesn’t seem to happen now. If anything, it’s gotten more intimate and more manageable. But the media has made fashion week very different, which is fascinating.
I’ve heard you say that people were dropping a lot more money back in those days.
Yeah, it was a different time. It was easier to be in the fashion business, because there weren’t these constant collections to do. The stakes weren’t as high, and people did it with a lot more money. Now, there are more brands competing for less money. A couple of years after I started going to the collections in Paris, I was working at Calvin Klein, and it was a privately owned company—it was his company—so if he wanted to charter a jet, he would. We’d go to London and then the fabric shows in Milan, and then we’d go to Lake Como and stay at the Villa d’Este. It wasn’t bad.
What’s it like being one of the only illustrators at the shows?
I love doing it. There’s something really exciting about sitting down and watching someone present and being able to draw it. I don’t think about whether I’m one of the only people doing this. I just love doing it, and it makes me happy. I just keep going.
What are your fashion-week essentials?
I inevitably always forget one thing. I have little cases where I carry charcoal pencils, Moleskine notebooks—which reminds me, I need to buy a new one today—a charger for my cell phone, antidepressants…. And that’s it. When I first started doing this, I would forget paper, and I started drawing on envelopes and show notes and people loved that, so sometimes it works to my advantage. Continue Reading “Quick to the Draw: A Moment With Richard Haines” »
Prada’s iPad app, launched this week, gives label fans the keys to the kingdom—or at least its manse. Il Palazzo creates a virtual Prada palace whose labyrinthine chambers contain not only snippets of collaborations and artworks—like illustrator Richard Haines’ drawings of the men’s collection—but a first glimpse at upcoming wares, too. First up: the new Portrait sunglasses ($430, top, and $290, bottom), which make their exclusive outside-the-Palazzo debut, above. Keep reading to take a video tour of the app (helpful if, like certain editors here, you are in the last remaining guard of the iPad-less). The shades debut at Prada stores at the end of the month. Next up in the Palazzo’s halls: the Bloom jewelry collection, arriving later this month. Continue Reading “A Look Inside Prada’s Palazzo” »